Delhi Capitals have roped in Australian fast bowler Ben Dwarshuis for the remainder of IPL 2021 as the replacement for English all-rounder Chris Woakes after the player pulled out of the second leg of the tournament citing personal reasons. The franchise made the announcement on Monday.
“JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals today announced that English all-rounder Chris Woakes, who picked up 5 wickets in 3 matches in the first half of the VIVO IPL 2021, has pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons,” the franchise informed in an official statement.
“The Delhi Capitals have announced Australian fast bowler Ben Dwarshuis as Woakes’ replacement for the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.”
Chris Woakes, who was a part of the recently-concluded Test series, alongside compatriots Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan has pulled out of the remainder of IPL 2021. Woakes has been named in the England T20 World Cup squad and is also in contention of getting selected in the squad for the Ashes series. This would mean that he would have to spend long durations in quarantine and stay away from home for over four months. It can be understood why he chose to withdraw from the UAE leg of the IPL starting September 19.
Woakes’ replacement Ben Dwarshuis brings with himself a rich experience of league cricket. The pacer is a notable player in the Big Bash League. He represents Sydney Sixers and is the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the history of the tournament with 85 wickets in 69 matches. The 27-year-old has featured in 82 T20 matches and scalped 100 wickets at an average of 23.73 in them. He has appeared in seven List A games, picking up 12 wickets.
Meanwhile, the Indians players of the Delhi Capitals squad including Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Akshar Patel, Prithwi Shaw, and Umesh Yadav arrived in the UAE on Sunday. All the players would be serving a mandatory quarantine period of six days while undergoing three Covid-19 tests, following which they will join their remaining squad, which has already entered the bio-bubble.